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Eye Surgeries To Improve Quality Of Life As We Age

September 1, 2017

Fall is fast approaching, and with it all the fun family holidays and get togethers we look forward to all year. It’s the perfect time to talk about the different ways in which we can improve the quality of life of our older family members and friends. People now live longer than ever before, but that means there are some inevitable declines in older family members’ physical states.

When it comes to improving quality of life, eye surgeries are one of the best places to start. Improving seniors’ vision is a surefire way to help them regain confidence, independence, and happiness.

So what eye surgeries are out there, and what eye ailments do they help with?

Cataract Surgery

Cataracts are the world’s leading cause of blindness, and 95% of cataracts are age-related. That means they usually appear after 40. Cataracts are the clouding of the eye’s natural lens, and while there are ways to reduce risk, there’s no way to prevent them entirely.

The clouding of the lens blocks light or changes the way it passes through the eye, disrupting vision. If left untreated, cataracts can cause vision problems and eventually blindness.

Luckily, cataract surgery is one of the safest and most common procedures performed in the U.S.

During cataract surgery, ultrasound waves are used to emulsify the cataract and remove the lens fragments. However, the capsule is left mostly intact, allowing for an artificial lens to be placed within the capsule. Millions of cataract surgeries are performed in the United States every year, and we’re happy to be able to help restore so many seniors’ vision.

KAMRA Inlay

As we get older, our eye’s lens naturally begins to stiffen and reduces our ability to focus on close objects. Presbyopia, as it’s known, will affect all of us as we age, and there isn’t anything you can do to stop the process.

Many seniors rely on reading glasses to help them focus on near objects, but this isn’t always an ideal solution. However, the KAMRA inlay can fix your problems with near vision for good. The inlay is thinner and smaller than a contact lens, and during the procedure it is placed directly in the center of the cornea. This creates a pinhole effect that provides clearer, sharper near vision.

And the best part is that the KAMRA inlay only has to be placed in one eye, and it won’t affect your distance vision.

LASIK

LASIK eye surgery is one of the best ways to improve a senior’s quality of life. Many people have gone their whole lives with eye problems that could easily be fixed by LASIK surgery. It can help alleviate problems related to farsightedness, nearsightedness, and blurred vision due to astigmatism.

LASIK eye surgery is a safe and highly effective way to rid people of eye problems that stop them from living life to the fullest.

If your eyesight or your loved one’s eyesight isn’t what it could be, then give us a call at OCLI. We’ll set up a consultation to determine exactly what procedure is right for you.

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